Sophie’s appeal gaining speed

THERE has been an amazing response to an appeal run in the Citizen to buy a young Wisbech girl an adapted trike.

The family of three-year-old Sophie Clarke appealed for help to raise more than £1,000, as the youngster has cerebral palsy and cannot ride a normal bike like her twin brother Lewis.

The people of Fenland rallied and money and donations have been steadily coming in.

Sophie’s mum, Mandy Seaton, said the support they have got has been great and lots of people saw the article.

“It’s surprising how many people have children or grandchildren with cerebral palsy, or know of a child with it,” she said.

They estimate they are already around halfway to raising the money for the trike, with some generous donations from people including Wisbech Rotary Club.

Mandy is also getting swamped with donations for a raffle, which will hopefully be held at Clarkson Infants’ School, where the twins attend the nursery.

Sophie’s trike has been ordered, with the school putting forward the money, and will take around four weeks to arrive.

More fundraising events have been planned by various groups and individuals and Mandy is hoping they will be able to smash their total and raise a good amount of money for Clarkson Infants’.

• Donations are still being collected for Sophie’s appeal. You can bring them into the Citizen office at 11 Union Street, Wisbech or Clarkson Infants’ School.